When we started the Northwest Matters blog a year and a half ago, we hoped our posts would contribute to the regional and national conversations about the most critical education issues. Seventy posts and more than 35,000 page views later, we can pause for a moment to say thank you to all of our
At last week’s Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) Fall Leadership Institute, more than 400 leaders and educators from OLN member districts and organizations gathered to focus on leading for equity. Cohosted by North Clackamas Schools, the institute featured presentations by the National Equity Project
When Kaiser Permanente began offering a $2,000 scholarship—aimed at increasing college access and participation of students from diverse backgrounds...
Many rural school districts face challenges such as high rates of poverty, geographic isolation, and low student engagement.
Although discipline disparities along racial and gender lines have gained increasing attention in recent years, students with disabilities are not always a part...
The 46th annual National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Convention and Trade Show is taking place in Portland on October 14–16....
Education Northwest launched a new scholarship program for Native educators at the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) convention...
What skills can preschoolers learn that will ultimately help them get into college? It may sound surprising, but research suggests even very young children are already developing skills that will help them later in life. In a famous set of “marshmallow” studies conducted at Stanford University in
According to recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics, one in three students in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington is now...
Education leaders from the Knowledge Alliance welcomed the appointment of Ruth Curran Neild to lead the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
As the national focus on community college grows, a new report released by REL Northwest unveils the developmental education enrollment rates and postsecondary outcomes of public high school graduates at Oregon community colleges. Among the findings, the study shows that nearly 75 percent of recent
With discussions about race gaining momentum across the country, Filmmaker Melissa Lowery is doing her part to make sure girls of color are included in the conversation. At next week’s OLN Spring Leadership Institute, she will present her film, Black Girl in Suburbia, to an audience of
In the end, they traveled more than 1,500 miles over six days in a van usually rented out to rock bands. When they weren't in the van, they were visiting schools in five remote communities across three Northwest states as part of NW RISE —a project that aims to increase rural students'
Since this article appeared in March, 2015 as part of our series on collective impact, the Institute for Youth Success has joined Education Northwest to better support youth-serving agencies in Oregon and across the region. Schools alone can’t do everything when it comes to reaching out to
A new report on school suspensions based on data from Chicago Public Schools shows that not only are students of color held out of class at a high rate even as overall suspensions are decreasing but also that as schools reduced suspensions, rates of unsafe behavior decreased and students reported
With an increasing focus in Oregon on expanding educational opportunities and success for English learners, education leaders from around the state gathered in Eugene on March 11-13 for the State English Learners Alliance Conference. The event was sponsored by the Confederation of Oregon School
Collective impact involves bringing together a wide range of partners—schools, community-based organizations, government, businesses, foundations, and individuals—to address a critical community issue. Initiatives are often complex with many moving parts, and challenges include making sure that
Involving parents in their kids’ education experience can be a key to student success. More than 300 participants―a mix of parents and educators from K-12 and early childhood programs―came together to focus on the importance of family engagement for equity, empowerment, and engagement at the 22nd
One way to help students get ready for the rigors of college is to give them opportunities to start college-level work and earn credits while still in high school. Another approach is to infuse a college-going culture into schools (starting as early as the elementary grades) so that students from
In Anchorage, Alaska, a broad partnership called 90% by 2020 has set an ambitious goal. As suggested by its name, the initiative seeks to increase the local graduation rate to 90 percent within the next five years. Better Together, a partnership based in Central Oregon, has a similar mission of